Michigan Helmet Law Faces Repeal

Michigan's motorcycle helmet laws may be repealed this year if a bill introduced by newly-elected Republican officials is passed.

The state elected a Republican governor and Legislature, who are pushing a bill that would allow motorcycle riders over the age of 21 to ride without helmets.

The bill would require unhelmeted riders to carry at least $20,000 in insurance to pay for medical care in the event of an accident. However, adult riders who pass a motorcycle safety course would be exempt from the insurance requirement.

Opponents say the passage of the bill will result in increased motorcycle accident injuries and deaths.